2012 Free Public Lecture Series at Melbourne Museum.
Presented by The Mathematical Association of Victoria
in association with Museum Victoria.

Melbourne Museum

 

 

Melbourne Maths
Presented by Dr Burkard Polster
DATE: Sunday 29 July 2012 Melbourne Maths
VENUE: Museum Theatre, Melbourne Museum
Nicholson Street, Carlton
Melway reference: 2B J10
TIME: 10:30am to 11:30am
COST: Lecture Free! Note: Subscribers to MVTeachers can enter the museum free of charge. For further details and registration instructions please visit museumvictoria.com.au/melbournemuseum/whatson.
Students, concessions and children free.

Melbourne possibly features more mathematically inspired architecture than any other city in the World. In this presentation Burkard will take a careful look at Melbourne mathematics, including the maths behind the iconic facades of Federation Square and RMIT's Storey Hall. You will finally find out what all those triangles and rhombuses are about, whether or not the architects really knew their mathematics, and how someone who definitely did know the maths went on to win a Nobel prize.

Listen to the lecture: {enclose 2012/Melbourne-maths.mp3}

The Mathematical Gardens of Babylon
Presented by Dr Marty Ross
DATE: Sunday, 12 August 2012 The Mathematical Gardens of Babylon
VENUE: Museum Theatre, Melbourne Museum
Nicholson Street, Carlton
Melway reference: 2B J10
TIME: 10:30am to 11:30am
COST: Lecture Free! Note: Subscribers to MVTeachers can enter the museum free of charge. For further details and registration instructions please visit museumvictoria.com.au/melbournemuseum/whatson.
Students, concessions and children free.

The Mesopotamian world of Babylonia was one of the earliest of human civilizations. However, Babylonia also produced remarkably advanced mathematics, some of which took thousands of years to rediscover and to surpass. In this presentation Marty will give a gentle introduction to this beautiful mathematical world.

Listen to the lecture: {enclose 2012/Mathematical-gardens-of-babylon.mp3}

The Joy of Sports Gambling
Presented by Dr Marty Ross
DATE: Sunday, 16 September 2012 The Joy of Sports Gambling
VENUE: Museum Theatre, Melbourne Museum
Nicholson Street, Carlton
Melway reference: 2B J10
TIME: 10:30am to 11:30am
COST: Lecture Free! Note: Subscribers to MVTeachers can enter the museum free of charge. For further details and registration instructions please visit museumvictoria.com.au/melbournemuseum/whatson.
Students, concessions and children free.

Sports gambling is now huge business; on almost every event we're being encouraged to bet on the most exotic of outcomes. But how can we make sense of these strange bets? Is it possible to win, other than by being mates with a Collingwood footballer?

In this presentation, Marty will show how some simple mathematics can help you evaluate these many gambling offers, with sometimes surprising conclusions. He'll show how a winning bet could lose you money, and he'll explain how you might profit by betting on the flip of a coin.

Listen to the lecture: {enclose 2012/Joy-of-sports-gambling.mp3}

Hollywood Maths
Presented by Dr Burkard Polster
DATE: Sunday, 14 October Hollywood Maths
VENUE: Museum Theatre, Melbourne Museum
Nicholson Street, Carlton
Melway reference: 2B J10
TIME: 10:30am to 11:30am
COST: Lecture Free! Note: Subscribers to MVTeachers can enter the museum free of charge. For further details and registration instructions please visit museumvictoria.com.au/melbournemuseum/whatson.
Students, concessions and children free.

We like to think of mathematics as calm, careful reasoning. But what happens when Hollywood gets their hands on it?  How are mathematicians and mathematics represented? Like a good Tarantino movie, it is not pretty but it is captivating, with the body of logic lying battered and bloodied on the floor. Come along and let Burkard take you on a tour of mathematics as it appears in the movies. You'll laugh! You'll cry! You'll cry a lot!

Listen to the lecture: {enclose 2012/Maths-in-hollywood.mp3}

 

About the Lecturers:

Burkard and MartyBurkard Polster and Marty Ross are Melbourne's tag team of mathematics. They write the Maths Masters column for The Education Age, appear at schools, and do whatever they can to convince whoever they can that mathematics is beautiful and fun. All their activities can be checked out at www.qedcat.com.

Burkard Polster is a maths lecturer, and Monash University's resident Mathemagician, mathematical juggler, origami expert, bubble-master, shoelace charmer, and Count von Count impersonator. When he is not doing fun mathematics he has fun investigating perfect mathematical universes.

Marty Ross is a mathematical nomad. At the age of 2, he ran away from America to join the circus. After some controversy involving an elephant, he returned to America to do his PhD in mathematics at Stanford University. Eventually, he arrived back in Australia, where he has wandered the mathematical world, aimless but happy.

Read what Burkard and Marty lectured about in 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005 and 2004.

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